Banco Popular Dominicano published the book “Insular Images: Dominican Historical Cartography”, the latest contribution by the financial institution which ensures its commitment as well as involvement in the historical, cultural and educational fields of Dominican society as a socially aware entity.
The launch ceremony for the book, edited by historian José Chez Checo, featuring a prologue by the also renowned historian Frank Moya Pons, was chaired by Mr. Manuel A. Grullón, president of Banco Popular Dominicano, who emphasized the satisfaction on behalf of the entity in editing this new work that comes to form part of the list of publications sponsored by Banco Popular.
The Banco Popular president pointed out that: “Insular Images: Dominican Historical Cartography” offers us an imaginary voyage through 500 years in history, in drafts, drawings and notes, in which our island of Hispaniola, which to this day we share with Haiti, all the New World and the forefathers for these lands became the center of attention for ideas, business, religion, politics and the civilization of the “Olde Worlde”. And continued to offer details regarding what is now known as the greatest catalogue of homeland cartography par excellence”.
Following Mr. Grullón, professor Mu-kien Sang Ben, who formally presented the book, distinguished Mr. Chez Checo’s work in compiling and editing this book; and congratulated Banco Popular for continuing its support to art and national culture; defining it as a supporter of the highest and most valuable interests of the Dominican Republic.
The Banco Popular president gave Mr. Rafael Camilo, Banking Superintendent of the Dominican Republic, a copy of the book, acknowledging the participation of the supervisory entity for its pioneer idea in carrying out the development of this literary work.
In that same manner, Mr. Manuel A. Grullón handed to Dr. Roberto Cassá, Director of the National General Archives, one of the 100 most ancient maps that form part of the book, which will now become part of the Cartography Hall of this official institution.
The book is the result of intense efforts; commented historian José Chez Checo and has a total of 400 pages, which is a fascinating catalogue of homeland cartography comprised between the 15th and 21st century. Layout and design were developed by Mrs. Ninón León de Saleme, while printing was done by publishing house Amigo del Hogar.
The activity featured the attendance of many renowned personalities of the literary, social and cultural field, executives from the financial institution, family and friends and media representatives.